Redirect subdirectories on shared hosting

If you host multiple websites on a shared hosting plan like BlueHost you will likely want to prevent users from accessing files belonging to a subdomain through your accounts primay domain.   A small single line in the primary site’s .htaccess file will redirect all requests to access the subdomains files through the primary site to the the subdomain.

Changing the subdirectory and domain, add the following to a single line in your primary site’s .htaccess file.

RedirectMatch ^/subdomain_com/(.*)$$1

If you have multiple subdomains, add a line for each additional domain.

My Twitter Strategy

Twitter StrategyLately I have found myself using Twitter as my primary social network primarily because Facebook has transformed into a recipe exchange site.   I admittedly struggled with Twitter when I first started using it.   Starting off with it I only followed a few people, it was more of a novelty.  I was able keep up with the feed when I checked on it because the frequency of updates was very manageable.

Fast forward a year and 200+ people followed, my twitter account was unusable for anything other than the occasional direct message (which I am sure some users don’t even know how to send a direct message).  I ended up getting 2,000+ items in my main twitter feed on a daily basis because some of the people I find interesting were overly chatty.     I ended up missing tweets (mostly from people close to me) that I really wanted to see.   After much frustration, I just gave up on Twitter, claiming it to be unusable.   All because I hadn’t developed my Twitter Strategy. Continue reading My Twitter Strategy

Email into Evernote

EvernoteI am a huge fan of Evernote. I have written a few posts about its usefulness and a can (and probably will go on for a few more posts) talk about how it has improved my productivity. It has enabled me to keep organized no matter my location.

Evernote can be overwhelming when you start off with it. It has so many features that many users, including myself, are not taking advantage of. It is like buying a Leatherman tool. When you first get it, you know it is really cool and you want to use it for everything, but you just aren’t sure how. For the longest time I just typed meeting notes into it on my iPad.

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Twitter isn’t noisy if you use lists

Do you find that Twitter is noisy?   Most of the time it seems to be a much of yelling in an room (a really big room) with many people just talking to themselves without caring if people are listening.   If you only follow a few people (like me @jeffstory) you can probably read all the posts that you wish and still find twitter usable.   Once you add a few companies, your whole family, friends, or other people important to to you, it just gets noisy and you can easily loose track of people you once followed because they were important to you.

twitter lists

There is an answer to all this noise, its FREE!, and just takes a few minutes of time to get organized.   Twitter has a feature that is little known or used to most users that lets you organize your twitter subscriptions into lists.      Using it will immediately give you some cool factor and make sense of the twitter noise.  Personally I manage my lists using the built-in Twitter app on my IPad, they can be managed under your profile on the “Me” page. Continue reading Twitter isn’t noisy if you use lists

Happy 4th of July – fireworks photography

Nothing more fun than fireworks on the 4th of July (or even sometimes in the days building up to the 4th). If you are looking to take some pictures this year instead of lighting them off, I have a few tips.

Get a tripod.. In order to take pictures like the one shown, you have to hold the shutter open for a few seconds. You will just get a bunch of blur without one. Even if you think you are holding it still…. you are not.

Set your camera to a low iso.. Try a few settings and see what works for you, but let the fireworks do the work. Since you are holding the shutter open, more light will enter the lens.

Set your camera to a higher f-stop and hold the shutter open for around 2 seconds. These were taken with a 2 second exposure at a F11 f-stop.

Photography is a bunch of experimentation until you find the settings that work for you. Each situation is a little different, which is why it is a challenge. After-all you can only clean up so much when you are editing.

Have fun and have a safe 4th of July and happy shooting off fireworks and your cameras.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

Precious the Pug by jeffsstory
Precious the Pug, a photo by jeffsstory on Flickr.

Precious is the newest fuzzy companion to our family. I am really happy with this picture because I have found it difficult to get the lighting right to be able to capture an image where you can clearly see both of her eyes. With a little help from Lightroom, I was able to lighten the colors in the background to pull her out of the picture some more.

For more info on this week’s photo challenge:  Weekly Photo Challenge – Companionable

Evernote Import Folders Greatness

Evernote is one of the best productivity tools out there today and you can fine multiple sites that proclaim its greatness.  You can think of it as your digital filing cabinet that is in the cloud and accessible through  your desktop, smartphone, or tablet.     No matter where you are you have access to it.

I like to use it for a repository for documentation that I may need when I am on the move.  Usually PDF documents from Microsoft, VMware, or even documents that I have created myself using ScreenSteps or Office.    I used to upload them one by one, until I discovered what I believe is one of Evernote’s greatest feature…..  Import folders.

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Roles in the big picture – inspired by World War Z

So many times we overlook the “role players” when we look at teams and teamwork because much of the focus is on the team leaders.     I pondered this thought while driving back home after watching World War Z.  First, I have to say it was a good movie (especially for a zombie movie) and Brad Pitt lived up to the expectations.

It was easy to see the main actor (or leader) in the movie, after all it’s Brad Pitt and he was in every other scene and will get all the accolades he deserves.  But there was a pivotal scene late in the more where he had an extended dialogue with a zombie (without the talking, after all it was with a zombie).   But this zombie (a thankless supporting actor in a role position) knocked it out of the park and hit my every expectation of how a zombie should be.    But what could be easily missed is the impact this unknown zombie actor would have tanked this role.   The team’s impact on the stakeholders (audience) would have been diminished and people could have left the theater less than satisfied.

So when you feel like a drone or zombie…   do it well, support your team and it’s leaders and be the best zombie you can be.

Random acts of IT by Jeff S. Story